The LSE Pirates eighth grade basketball team won a nailbiter at home Tuesday night by beating the Mexico Bulldogs 37-35.
The Pirates, 2-0 on the season, opened the first half with a 21-14 lead against Mexico but had it cut to three at the end of the third quarter at 29-26. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs made it even more interesting by leading LSE by as much as five points before a rally by the Pirates in the final minute.
LSE eighth grade coach Curtis Walk said he is very proud of the team battling back to win the game. “We were down five with a minute to go and we battled back,” Walk said. “We missed a lot of layups tonight and didn’t shoot very well from the free-throw line. We have a few things to work on but I am very proud of our effort tonight.”
Treveon Coleman led the scoring attack for LSE with 15 points along with seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.
DJ Wesolak finished the game with a double-double with 11 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots while DaWan Lomax added seven points, eight rebounds and two steals and Jamesian McKee with four points, seven rebounds and two assists.
For Mexico, Brayden Dunn had 14, Drew Blevens eight and Isaiah Reams with five.
Mexico 7th (B) 28
LSE 21
The LSE Pirates seventh grade basketball team fell in a close game Tuesday night at home against the Mexico Bulldogs 28-21.
The Pirates, dropping to 1-1 on the season, trailed Mexico by just two (17-15) at the half but then were outscored 6-0 in the third quarter to make it 23-15. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, the Pirates rallied back with a 6-5 advantage to cut the lead back to seven.
LSE coach Doug Austin said it was a very tough game last night.  
“We seemed to shoot ourselves in the foot again with the slow start,” Austin said. “We have to start the game off better defensively.  It’s hard having to climb back from a big early deficit.  We also had a rough third quarter by not scoring any points coming out at half.  But we fought back hard with a quick bucket, a steal off the press and then a three-point shot by Jackson that cut their lead to three points early in the fourth quarter.  We just couldn’t get the stops in the end on defense that we needed to get back in the game.”
Anthony Shivers had 10 points to lead all scorers for Mexico.
For LSE, Jackson Johns finished the game with 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Jordan Fishburn tallied six points, three rebounds and one steal while Ethan Watson added two points, one steal and one rebound, Connor Acton two points, one rebound and one assist, Cameron Poulsen one point, three steals and one assist, Garrett Hundley two steals and Blake Richardson, Caidyn Hazel, Edrissa Bah, Shane Chamberlain, Trent Maxwell and Connor Rhorer each with one rebound.